(Day 27) Kingtones Memoirs
March 3, 1964 (Tuesday)
We got up at 12 noon. We just couldn’t sleep. It was too hot! The temperature was already in the 80s and it was supposed to get up to the 90s by mid day. Phil called our record company in Detroit to see what they wanted. They just wanted to tell us that our record “Twins” was still number 17 in Detroit for the second week in a row. They also re-emphasized that they were in the process of releasing “Twins” nationally. That was great news
Now that we were working at Porky’s, Phil said he would loan the kitty $50.00 so we could buy some food. Mike, Phil and I all went to the store. We loaded up on cereal, canned goods, boxed food items, potatoes, TV dinners, bread, Kool-Aid, etc. We spent $38.98. We hoped that this would last us for at least a couple of weeks.
Since Tuesday was our day off from playing at Porky’s we decided to go to the beach. We hadn’t been there more then fifteen minutes when Mike (a.k.a. Clod) stepped on a jellyfish. We didn’t know what was going on at first, but Mike started yelling and dropped to the sand to examine his foot. He pointed to a small jellyfish that had washed up on the shore. We had heard that salt was a good thing to put on a jellyfish sting so we had Mike put his foot in the Atlantic Ocean. That was the only salt we had. It actually helped to reduce the pain. Phil went and bought some Benadryl cream which he said would stop the itching and help to relieve the pain. That ended our great day at the beach.
We returned to the apartment where I made a wonderful dinner of steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, grape & banana fruit salad, fired onions and, of course, good old Kool-Aid. The boys loved it. Everybody ate like it was their last meal. We were so full that we could hardly move. Phil, however, claimed that he wasn’t that full. I bet him a dime that he couldn’t eat four more pieces of bread with jelly on them. Phil, not wanting to lose face, took my bet. The good news – Phil won the bet. The bad news – he laid on the bed groaning for hours.
I called home and talked to my mother. I wanted to know when she thought they would arrive in Fort Lauderdale. She said they would be leaving Grand Rapids on March 5 and hoped to be to our place on March 7. I just couldn’t wait to see Chick! We watched TV the rest of the night. What a surprise! We got along better today than yesterday, but not as good as we should have. All of us were healthy, if you can call recovering from the measles and nursing a jellyfish sting healthy! Otherwise, only four of us were healthy.